Experts urge rural residents to take precautions and stress the importance of wearing masks.
The US has entered a new phase of the coronavirus epidemic, with the infection becoming “extremely common” in both rural and urban areas, White House experts on the coronavirus said on Sunday.
The incidence of coronavirus continues to increase in some parts of the country, and health officials are working with governors to adapt the response to each state’s conditions.
“We are in a new phase,” said Dr. Deborah Birx. “Today’s situation is different from what we saw in March and April.”
According to her, the virus is “extremely common” both in rural areas and in cities.
“I appeal to all residents of rural areas: you are not insured and are not protected from this virus,” Birx said, speaking on the “Situation in the country” program on CNN.
Coordinator of the White House working group on coronavirus, Birx said that people living in multi-generational families should wear masks even at home to protect the elderly or people with comorbidities.
Assistant Secretary of health and human services Brett Giroir reiterated the importance of wearing masks.
“If we do not do this, do not limit the accumulation of people in closed spaces, the virus will continue to spread. We are very concerned about this, and this is a very serious moment,” he said, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program.
According to Reuters, the coronavirus that appeared in China has infected 4.6 million people in the United States. More than 155 thousand Americans died from this disease.
Birx said Federal authorities prepare individual reports for each state that examine public trends and hospital data.
“All responses must be selected individually,” she said.
In the past three weeks, she has visited 14 States, and, according to her, what she saw caused her concern.
“When I went around the country, I saw that all of America was on the move,” Birx said. – If you decide to go on vacation to a popular place, then when you return, you need to protect those who have comorbidities and assume that you are infected.”
According to Giroir, if people wear masks and avoid clusters, this will have the same effect as a full quarantine.
“That’s why we go to all the states, speak on local radio, give specific instructions to each district Governor what they need to do when the disease rate starts to rise in these districts because then it will need to be suppressed,” he said.